Zen, not Xanax, at Hotel Madera in Washington, DC
April 20, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – With its tranquil Japanese cherry trees and lush National Mall, Washington, DC may appear to outsiders as a serene, stately capital where the calm natural landscape complements the composed implementation of the nation’s business. Of course, as we all know, bubbling barely below the surface is an intense political pressure cooker that supplants any illusions of “zen” with 24-hour C-SPAN. Even establishments meant for leisure and unwinding like restaurants, lounges, and hotels are often hotbeds of partisan hobnobbing, leaving few options for true escapes within Beltway boundaries.
That’s why Hotel Madera is so refreshing. It’s a real-deal retreat tucked away on a quiet residential street just off Dupont Circle. Every aspect of the hotel is infused with inner calm. The spacious, Japanese-inspired rooms are covered in grasscloth wallpaper and feature plush beds and deep, comfortable sofas that inspire satisfying rest. If you need more tranquility than the already quite serene rooms provide, book the “Tranquility” room, which offers extras like a Japanese massage chair and Bose white noise machine.
Those needing to burn off steam from a day in the capital will appreciate the in-room spa treatments and free in-room yoga mats. Or, book the “Cardio” room, which comes equipped with a stationary bike, a treadmill, or an elliptical machine. On the other hand, if a drink sounds more like your preferred way to wind down, the hotel hosts nightly complimentary wine receptions in the lobby (5:00pm-6:00pm). There’s also a full bar at onsite restaurant Firefly, where comfort food is served beneath twinkling lanterns.
The hotel even unburdens your woes about the environment with its eco-friendly policies (hybrid cars even park free!). They’re also super conscious of the needs of your littlest guests, whether kids or canines. Pets are warmly welcomed with amenities like food and water bowls and dog treats. Kid-friendly perks include welcome treats, child-sized robes, and child-proofing kits.
And, if you needed any further reassurance to quiet your frazzled nerves, consider this unique perk: repeat guests can store their toiletries at the hotel in between stays. That means never having to pack all those carry-on luggage sized bottles. And it also means never having to worry that you’ve forgotten something.
That’s a whole lot of inner calm! Soak it up, because just outside the door lies the bubbling cauldron of the Beltway…
Read more about Hotel Madera in our Washington, DC Guide.